Deciphering how microcircuits scale up to behaviors
in the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at Rutgers University – Newark
From pipette to paw…
Whole cell patch clamping
Characterize cellular and synaptic electrophysiology in ex vivo slices
High density chronic extracellular recording
Track the activities of neuronal populations and local field potentials in vivo
Large-scale biophysical modeling
Apply the knowledge gained from microcircuit physiology and in vivo activity to explore computational principles
Rich behavioral analysis
Use rich behavioral tasks that elicit a variety of cognitive processes
We seek to understand how the brain produces behavior by understanding how mechanisms interact across levels of organization
We welcome trainees at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral level. The skills and knowledge you gain should prepare you for a career in academia or industry.
Cutting edge tools
The questions our lab asks demand modern neuroscientific tools such as spatiotemporal patterned optogenetic stimulation in vitro, multiple chronically implanted Neuropixel probes in vivo, high performance computing for biophysically detailed network simulations, and more.